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AOL’s Daily Finance debuts a commercial from Singer Songwriter Samantha Murphy about Limelight, a simple way for artists to clear any cover song in the world. Limelight‘s full press release is below.

We are very excited about the launch and debut of our new Limelight educational video with Internet pioneer and indie singer-songwriter Samantha Murphy (The Highway Girl). Samantha has written, produced and starred in this 2 minute and 19 second long video highlighting the recording of her new single, an amazing cover of the classic Johnny Cash song “Ring of Fire”. It also shows Samantha using Limelight to clear the necessary mechanical license for this song for her upcoming release.

Samantha is the rare combination of accomplished musician, technology advocate and champion for artists and songwriters. She has produced not only a compelling video that highlights Limelight’s ease-of-use, but has also delivered a memorable version of Johnny Cash’s classic Ring of Fire. We are extremely grateful for her talents, passion and vision for this incredible song. Ring of Fire is the first single from Samantha’s new album Some Assembly Required and will be available on September 15.

We hope that you enjoy it. For more about Samantha / The Highway Girl check out www.samanthamurphy.com and www.thehighwaygirl.com.

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  • Rolling Stone (re)Discovers the Web: In an overdue move, Rolling Stone is taking back control of its flagship web site from RealNetworks, and will be relaunching it in January with new community and customization features. [Hypebot]
  • 20 Pre-Punk Gems: For this playlist I wanted to explore some of my favorite tracks from the pre-punk era. [Yahoo! Music]
  • Apple Admits Spotify Streaming Music App to iTunes: Spotify offers legal and free access to a library of music through its streaming music player. The company’s dream is to let everyone listen to whatever they want, whenever they want, and wherever they want. Getting its application into the iPhone App Store brings the company closer to that dream. [Yahoo! News]

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  • What Will Record Labels Look Like in the Future?: Nobody is quite sure what the future looks like for record labels, but in discussions with a wide variety of music industry professionals, a few common themes seem to emerge. [PBS Media Shift]
  • YouTube video case study:: One of our main goals at YouTube is to help content creators effectively make money from the distribution of their content online. That they can do so in a way that brings artists and our community together to create fun, spontaneous and inspiring works, is one of the best and most exciting things about YouTube. [Google Blog]

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Musical Guest: Amy Petty [Manchester, NH]

Amy Petty is our first chosen artist for the new The Highway Girl Podcast series.

Amy has such an incredibly rich voice that I have to think of great singers like Joan Osborne and Ann Wilson. I literally never tire of listening to her sing.

Amy’s debut CD Mystery Keeps You was produced and engineered by Jacob Detering (Bonnie Raitt) and features performances by R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow, Peter Mayer) and Eric Grossman (K’s Choice).

Calling All Artists: Wanna Be on The Show?

The Highway Girl has been viewed and downloaded millions of times and is available on video and podcast. In addition to widespread distribution on the Internet, the show airs and is watched by millions of people on Comcast on the ARC Channel.

Submit your music to be considered for the program. Selected artists will be interviewed by Samantha Murphy and will have three of their songs included in the program. Artists will be given their own page at TheHighwayGirl.com and will have the opportunity to sell their merchandise there as well.

Samantha will sit down with a music industry expert to discuss your music as well as ways artists can approach distributing and marketing in the digital world. Past guests include WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, Nettwerk Records and Lilith Fair Founder Terry McBride, Senior VP of Yahoo! Music Michael Spiegelman, Hit Songwriters Tony Hatch and Allee Willis and many more.

THG Archives: Parthenon Huxley [D.C.]

This week we’re dusting off our podcast with Parthenon Huxley.

Parthenon Huxley’s music takes me back to highschool when I spent my weekends listening to bands like The Cars and The Beatles. His songs are infectious and tell great stories that make me feel understood.

Apart from being a solo artist and a latter-day member of ELO, Hux has written four top twenty hits: “Hello Cruel World” with moodmeister E (Mark Everett of eels), “You Don’t Have To Remind Me” with rock chanteuse Sass Jordan, “Wake Me Up” with pretty boy pop dude Kyle Vincent and “With Heaven On Our Side”, recorded by mainstream rock tyrants Foreigner.

Industry Buzz

A third of young people would not pay for music online, or videos: While the statistic appears to confirm the worst fears of TV, film, music and newspaper companies that it may be impossible to get the younger generation to pay online, the EC report did offer a glimmer of hope. [Guardian UK]

YouTube video case study:: One of our main goals at YouTube is to help content creators effectively make money from the distribution of their content online. That they can do so in a way that brings artists and our community together to create fun, spontaneous and inspiring works, is one of the best and most exciting things about YouTube. [Google Blog]

10 Ways to Share Music on Twitter: Turns out, there are plenty of ways to share tunes on Twitter as well. Here are ten of the best ways to tweet about what you’re listening to. [Mashable]

Spinning in the Grave: Why music magazines are dying: Late last month, Vibe magazine announced that it was ceasing publication. The next day, word arrived that Spin was laying off a half-dozen staffers. In late March, Blender folded outright, and a few months before that, Rolling Stone trimmed its masthead. [Slate]

The Highway Girl MP3 Store

Love the music you hear on The Highway Girl.com? We’ve made it easy and affordable for you to purchase music and support the artists featured on our show.

Just head over to The Highway Girl Emporium, where you’ll find our music in two delicious flavors—digital/MP3 and good ol’ CD’s!

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Thanks to the fine folks over at Tatango, we now have a quick and easy way for you to get the latest  information about our upcoming tour, new webisodes and first dibs on our free MP3 of the Week–right on your very own mobile phone!

How do you get all this good stuff?

Simply text “SMTV” to the phone number 68398 and you’ll be automagically signed up for our mobile updates. If you rather sign-up for our mobile updates on the Tatango website click here.

And don’t worry: We hate spam as much as you do and we won’t sell your information to anyone! Your info is safe and sound.

Tatango’s made it easy to unsubscribe at any time–so what are you waiting for? Sign up for your mobile updates today!

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The Highway Girl fan page on Facebook is a convenient place for you to catch all of the latest scoop, get show updates and tour information. In the coming months you’ll also find exclusive content, special promotions and giveaways!

Of course, you can also find us on Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Bebo and lots of other social networking sites.

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